Overview

The merger of social media, streaming platforms, wagering and competitive video gaming has provided a robust marketplace for investors, companies and traditional sports teams. However, as with any innovative disruptive force, legal and regulatory uncertainty and challenges continually arise. The Esports, Sports Technology & Wagering team at Stinson is uniquely positioned to provide clients with informed and reliable guidance in these specialized industries.

ESPORTS, SPORTS TECHNOLOGY & WAGERING

Our Stinson team is uniquely qualified to address the complex and dynamic needs of our Esports, Sports Technology & Wagering clients. We offer the experience necessary to provide full-service legal counsel to stakeholders throughout the esports ecosystem, including mobile gamers, leagues, franchise owners, broadcasters, advertisers, publishers, agencies and promoters, distributors, sponsors, investors, banks and other leading corporations and individuals.

In addition to our esports proficiencies, we are well equipped to assist sports technology businesses. Our team has provided guidance to companies throughout the sports technology spectrum, including those utilizing augmented reality, biometric data and blockchain.

The Stinson Esports, Sports Technology & Wagering team is passionate about our clients’ businesses and we are able to provide critical insight and guidance – both traditional and emerging.

BETTING, GAMING INTEGRITY & FANTASY SPORTS

As more states enact laws surrounding legalized sports betting and daily fantasy sports (DFS), the Stinson team offers guidance on compliance in all facets of gaming laws, including the Travel Act, the Federal Wire Act, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act and the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

Moreover, since the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA), the rise of DFS has been quick but tumultuous. States across the country have interpreted certain DFS platforms against the backdrop of UIGEA and other state and federal gambling laws. Thus, it is critical to have legal advisors who are up-to-date on attorney general opinions and legislation throughout the U.S. that regulate or prohibit DFS to minimize risk exposure.

CAPABILITIES

The Stinson Esports, Sports Technology & Wagering team can assist with the following legal needs:

Funding / Securities

  • Family and friend's investors / seed capital
  • Angel investors
  • IPOs
  • Commercial lending and traditional financing
  • Venture capital, including introductions to venture capital investors, financial institutions, accelerator programs and alternative financing sources

Labor / Employment / Immigration

  • Employment agreements
  • Appearance contracts
  • Immigration visas

Intellectual Property

  • Online streaming rights and brand management
  • Advertising, promotions and sponsorships
  • Patent and trademark protections
  • Licensing agreements

Strategic Ventures

  • Joint ventures and strategic partnerships
  • Mergers and acquisitions

Regulatory

  • Data security, privacy and information governance
  • League participation agreements
  • Wagering and betting compliance opinions
  • Investigations and enforcement
  • Business and tax structuring


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News & Insights

At the Corners Newsletter

At the Corners Newsletter

Meta Bags: NFT Complications and Considerations for Traditional Brand Owners

As U.S. laws and regulations try to keep up with developing technology, and with consumers becoming increasingly interested in digital experiences, it is critical to understand intellectual property boundaries, as well as the legal and regulatory issues presented alongside non-fungible tokens (NFT) and other emerging digital assets. Hermès International, et al. v. Mason Rothschild provides a glimpse of how courts may treat the sale of NFTs and other digital assets and raises important questions about the future of trademark law in the digital age.

Pass Interference: Potential Tax Implications of NIL Collectives in College Sports

It's been over a year since the NCAA implemented its NIL policy, and uncertainty around federal regulations remains. Many universities have seized the opportunity to attract better athletes to their programs, and more and more student athletes are receiving deals from NIL collectives. However, the rapid rise of these collectives is resulting in tax implications, both for athletes and universities, thus prompting the question of how the collectives will be treated under the U.S. tax code.

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